TAKE ME HOME: Designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos are changing tack this season, inviting guests back to their east London studio for the brand’s spring runway show.
The event, on Sept. 18, will be a joint effort with the nearby Towpath Café doing the catering; the designers’ friend Martino Gamper supplying a host of his signature, colored tree trunk stools, and the London-based architects Matheson Whiteley (who also designed the studio) helping to re-create the space.
“We wanted the show to feel more intimate. It will be a very personal experience, and fashion is about celebrating individuality,” said Pilotto. De Vos added that very few people have seen the space, and the duo is eager to show it.
“It was nice to think outside the box — ‘How would we do a show?’ ‘What would it mean?’ We’ll really be bringing people more into our world here, and surrounding them with what we live and breathe every day. We’ll get to show them our side of east London,” De Vos said.
The studio is located on De Beauvoir Crescent, and features floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Regent’s Canal. The linear, versatile space has a sleek, industrial feel with big open spaces, where the samples are made.
Conveniently, it’s also about 10 minutes from Spitalfields, where the Topshop Unique show is taking place just before.
While the venue may be all about home and the duo’s east London neighborhood, the collection is inspired by the designers’ recent travels — and South America in particular.
The half-Peruvian de Vos described the collection as a “Latin tribal story” inspired in part by the textiles the two had seen on the continent. Pilotto said it also takes its cue from pre-Colombian and colonial cultures, and the connection between them.